Top Vacation Trends for 2014 – Travellers Go Niche

Vancouver, British Columbia, January 13, 2014 – From culinary tours in Malaysia and Goa, to yoga sailing in Turkey, and mountain biking in Sardinia – the developing tastes of the “wellness traveller” is setting the trends for 2014.

Stanford Research Institute (a nonprofit independent research centre based in the US) and the Global Spa and Wellness Summit released an extensive study at the end of 2013, which predicts that the “wellness” sector will grow 9.1% annually through 2017. Here are just a few of the niche travel sectors that are set to trend as we head into 2014:

1. Cultural Culinary Tours

Erik Wolf, who founded the World Food Travel Association, estimates that food tourism has grown into a $150 billion industry. Not only that, but what’s on offer is evolving with more off the beaten path destinations being added to the menu, and experiences that involve trips to local fish and spice markets, to hands-on participation in the kitchen. Here are a few tempting options: Malaysia for Food Lovers / The Spices of Goa / The Slow Life in Tuscany

2. Pushing the Pedal Power

Many cycling based tour operators are reporting a 25-30% increase in demand heading into 2014. Coinciding with many resolutions for getting fit in the new year, these biking vacations offer travellers the opportunity to discover a destination while burning a few calories along the way: Reborn in the Arizona Desert / Peace in the French Countryside / Being at one in the Himalayas

3. Sailing Made Accessible for Non-Sailors

Travellers might be surprised to find out that sailing vacations are not just for the uber rich and savvy knot tying types. Intrepid Travel reported a 118% growth in the trips they offer, with Greece and Croatia being two of the most sought after destinations.

Sailing an Aquamarine Croatia / To be a Mariner in Thailand / Vietnam by Land & Sea / Adrift in the Greek Isles

4. Travel That Gives Back

Voluntourism is another growing travel sector, which speaks to people’s want to make a more authentic connection with the destinations they are visiting. Since it’s inception in September 2011, the volunteer vacation arm of Holidays for Humanity, has helped connect 10,000 new volunteers to projects all over the world. Here are just a few:

Saving Lions in Zimbabwe / Marine Conservation in Mexico / Help Elephants in Thailand

5. Yoga and Meditation Camps

Wellness Tourism Worldwide put together their top ten travel trends for 2014 and number one on the list is “mind matters”. They comment that travellers are looking for mental restoration and that yoga and meditation are two of the activities that wellness travellers are searching for when they book their vacation. Here are some of the most popular places to put your mind to rest around the world: Yoga in Costa Rica’s Osa / Absolute Wellness in Thailand / Exclusive Yoga Cruise in Turkey

About Holidays for Humanity:

Holidays for Humanity connects travellers with vacation options that appeal to their self, as well as their soul. By working with partners that promote sustainable and eco-friendly practices they offer a range of travel options including eco resorts and hotels, health and wellness, volunteering abroad, cultural and culinary and expeditions and tours.

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